Andrew James Smith was born in United States. In 1964, he studied Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu and completed studies in painting at California College of the Arts in 1968. A visual artist, he is known for his oil paintings, in particular an almost life size portrait of the Pope, papermaking, pulp and paper painting, art installations, designs, contemporary quilts, teaching, as well as the use of mixed media. He has been a recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Toyota International Association Exchange, and the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications. His work has been exhibited solo across Ontario and in Japan, and in group shows in Ontario, Alberta, Germany, Brazil and California. Smith’s work and can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Canada, the Instituto Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Sao Paulo, the Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany, the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and many others. His work articles have been featured in Maclean's magazine, the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, as well as Fashion TV. He currently resides and works in Cambridge, Ontario and is self-represented.
In 2016 Andrew James Smith was one of two Canadian artists showcased at the Bridges Math and Art Conference as part of a Joint Mathematics Art Exhibit in Seattle, Washington.